Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:00AM (Woodlands Country Club)
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This Friday, the PGA Tour Champions presents the first round of the 2021 Insperity Invitational.
Before I discuss my favorite matchup bets for the first round of the 2021 Insperity Invitational let’s take a look at the current leaders in first round scoring average on the PGA Tour Champions.
Here is a list of the top ten ranked golfers in first round scoring average on the PGA Tour Champions that are in this week’s 2021 Insperity Invitational field with that player’s average first round score this season.
1 Bernhard Langer 67.56
2 Scott Parel 68.56
3 Robert Karlsson 68.80
4 Miguel Angel Jimenez 69.00
5 David Toms 69.02
6 Kevin Sutherland 69.06
7 Retief Goosen 69.29
8 Woody Austin 69.59
9 Ernie Els 69.63
10 Mike Weir 69.69
Now that we have identified the current top ten ranked golfers in first round scoring average on the PGA Tour Champions that are in this week’s field, let’s shift our focus to my favorite first round matchup bets for the 2021 Insperity Invitational.
Robert Karlsson -167 over Paul McGinley
Since the beginning of October, Robert Karlsson has played six tournaments on the PGA Tour Champions. In those six events just mentioned, Karlsson has an impressive four top nine finishes, including a second place result at the Chubb Classic earlier this month.
Karlsson currently ranks third in actual scoring average (68.80), fifth in putting average (1.730), seventh in GIR (greens in regulation-73.31%) and tenth in birdie average (4.24) on the PGA Tour Champions.
It should also be noted that Karlsson’s opponent in this matchup bet, Paul McGinley, has not played an event on the PGA Tour Champions since 2019. I expect that McGinley will have some difficulties in his first round of competitive action on this Tour in two years.
Jeff Maggert -106 over Steve Flesch
Jeff Maggert has posted some outstanding results at the Insperity Invitational in the past. Let me be more specific. Maggert has played the Insperity Invitational six times since 2014. In those six events played, Maggert has accumulated five top nine finishes, including a second place result at the 2018 Insperity Invitational.
Maggert currently ranks 11th in driving accuracy (77.98%) and tenth in total birdies made (215) on the PGA Tour Champions.